Ian continues his stimulating questions delving into the causes behind the symptoms of declining orchestral audiences.
I think that the real gospel of classical music ain’t about hearing it – it’s about doing it.
Though doing it is admittedly more fun than sitting and watching it, Ian cites;
A survey included in the Knight Foundation’s Search for Shining Eyes report found that of 74% of adults who said they were interested in classical music had played an instrument or sung in chorus at some point in their lives.
So, exposing kids and adults to the experience of playing music can and will enhance future audience growth for live classical music. Whether it be in the form of the Baltimore Symphony's "Rusty Musicians" program, or by engaging kids to join and have fun with any musical group, or side by side concerts for Middle and High School kids, the experience and fun of "doing it" is much more likely to translate to "enjoying others doing it" (hopefully doing it really well).